The Shah whirled away, but suddenly he was looking at Bruce with some strange sort of understanding
'His cheeks were shining.'
The text, Only Ten is written by Australian Author, Allan Baillie. The character chosen is Hussein, who happens to be a 'different boy' in everyone's eyes. But as time passes, he develops his feelings towards the kids in his school and is respected and understood.
The Purple Shirt
‘You taking off your T-shirt, Hussein?’ said Henney
'The Shah’s eyes flared wide and he pressed his arms into his sides. He shook his head.'
This scene occurred quite early in the story. At this point, The Shah was not comfortable telling his 'secrets' to anyone, Hussein struck his peers to be different and strange because of his secrecy, he moved cautiously around the school-feeling afraid if a massacre would appear. This image shows that Bruce is holding a red ruler with a look of frustration and rage, the red represents the anger burning inside of Bruce. The confused facial expression Hussein is pulling, shows that he is confused as to why Bruce would do something like this, but has an understanding that is so because he is different.
'He nodded and led her away. All this without a single word. As if he had learned just what to do. As if he had done it before, many times.'
"See? It's growing. They’re all growing.’’ The repetitive word, being growing, shows that Hussein is in awe of the fresh mandarin tree, and has not seen something so vibrant before. It shows that he may not be as tough as the kids thought he was, and reinforces the fact that he was a child soldier. The facial expression shows his vulnerability, his gentle, and awestruck emotions instead of his stern and cold face.
A Soldier's Wounds
'He hesitated for a moment, then he pulled the purple T-shirt over his head.'
This is set at the swimming carnival, where The Shah didn't want to take his purple shirt off, as if hiding something that he wants no one to know about. Instead of using words, he immediately presses his arms to his side and shakes his head. He is still not comfortable with anyone and doesn't open up yet. His purple shirt symbolises mystery, his mystery yet to be figured out.
Time passes, and sadly Pearl loses her giggly sister, Suzy, in a truck accident. As Pearl came back to school, no one even knew how to approach her. But Hussein did, he walks up to her and squeezes her hand reassuring her that everything is going to be okay. Hussein starts to open up a bit, and becomes a little more comfortable with Pearl-luckily, Hussein starts to open up a bit to everyone. Hussein's perspective on the kids changed-from a pack of apes, to actually civil humans.
'The main scar, a bloodless seam, ran from his right shoulder to his left hip.The second scar was a second bellybutton punched in his side. Marks of shrapnel and a bullet. A soldier’s wounds.' The day where Hussein's insecurities are gone, the day where the mystery is taken off, and where Hussein is actually fully comfortable with showing who he is. A soldier. Huss earns a lot of sympathy and respect from this, shows marks from his past-and shows what he has gone through. The descriptive language are used to show the brutal marks stained on his body. Huss begins to be happy with his friends, and starts to seek comfort in his new environment.